Falling through the Cracks: Greg’s Story

My brother Greg Price died after delayed diagnosis and treatment related to testicular cancer. He was young, athletic, intelligent, and an advocate for himself. Despite that poor hand-offs, breaks in care and lack of support led to his unexpected death nearly 6 years ago.

Citizens for Digital Health

IMAGINE is excited to launch a new project called Citizens for Digital Health. Through this initiative, we will connect citizens with digital health innovators. Canada Health Infoway defines digital health as: “the use of information technology/electronic communication tools, services and processes to deliver health care services or to facilitate better health.”

Healthcare 101

Last year, IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health and our partners saw a need to build an introduction course for Albertans to help us all to understand our complex healthcare system. Healthcare 101 aims to help Albertans experience healthcare in a more positive way.

HQCA Launches new online interactive tool

IMAGINE is committed to gathering information and experiences from a variety of sources and sharing that information with Albertans so we can all make informed decisions. Shared knowledge leads to improved patient experience and outcomes and helps us be active partners in our own care. This week the Health Quality Council of Alberta launched the FOCUS […]

The Better Together campaign’s first anniversary!

A policy that could revolutionize the relationship between healthcare providers, patients and family members is taking hold in Canada. The results have come not from a treatment or technology but from an important administrative change: adopting family presence policies.

A Patient’s Story: Family is waaaay more than a visitor

My brother Greg died on May 19, 2012. Since his death my family has been advocating for constructive, positive change in our health system hoping to prevent other families from going through the loss that we have (if interested see Healtharrows.ca). We have heard many stories and have had our own experiences that re-enforce our […]

Alberta invests 400 M in Clinical Information System

Have you ever been frustrated when a doctor you were seeing didn’t seem to have all the information he/she needed about your history? The Alberta government has committed $400 million over four years towards a new AHS Provincial Clinical Information System (CIS). Currently, patient health information is stored in more than 1,800 disconnected systems across […]

Surely we can do better – room for improvement in continuity of health care

Health Quality Council releases new report Imagine being able to sit down at your computer and see your own health record – to check on test results, see whether referrals have been made, check upcoming appointments. This would be connected to a single electronic health record system in Alberta so that no matter where you […]

Six common themes from six regional meetings

Over the last 4 months IMAGINE held six regional meetings across the province. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who joined us and shared their thoughts in Wainwright, Stettler, Peace River, Pincher Creek, Okotoks and Brocket. Participants from these communities shared their thoughts about their health care experiences and a number of key themes […]

Transforming Primary Care

For most people, primary care is the first place they go for health care. In addition to individual family practices, more than 40 Primary Care Networks operate across the province providing primary health care services. IMAGINE sees working with this sector as key to bringing about a more patient-centred focus to the health system.

Using the H-CAHPS survey to ‘measure’ hospital inpatient experience in Alberta

IMAGINE is committed to working with our health system partners towards improved patient experience and outcomes. It is important for us to understand what strategies are currently being used in Alberta to assess patient experience. We recently learned more about the H-CAHPS Survey that Alberta Health Services (AHS) is currently using to assess hospital inpatient […]

IMAGINE turns 1!

One year ago today, a group of like-minded patient, family and citizen champions partnered with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health to host a forum with the following aim – “We can do better in Alberta in improving the experience of health care, and the quality, safety and outcomes of our care”. The forum brought […]

The Better Together Campaign: Because families are more than visitors – they are partners in care

We are excited to announce that IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health has signed on as an endorsing organization for the Better Together campaign. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), in partnership with the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care and other leading healthcare organizations across Canada, launched this campaign on November 10th. The Better […]

Patients, the Right Medicine for Health Care

Patients have known for a long time the healthcare system could be doing more to address their fears, concerns and needs. Now, a federal investigation into the state of the Canadian healthcare system has given weighty validity to those concerns.

HQCA stands behind IMAGINE

An influential arms-length health organization in the province has placed its support squarely behind the citizen-driven, patient-focused IMAGINE Project.

Focusing on a health care culture where patients come first

The Alberta health-care system includes extraordinary talent and forward-thinking initiatives. But it is also faced with challenges to patient safety, frequent patient dissatisfaction, and a culture that can struggle with always putting the patient first.